Wild King­dom 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums I’m New Here - Austin pow­er­pop­pers at full throt­tle BUD SCOPPA

Since re­form­ing Cot­ton Mather, Robert Har­ri­son has pur­sued the oblique strat­egy of writ­ing a song based on each of the I Ching’s 64 hex­a­grams. Sec­ond in­stal­ment Wild King­dom opens point­edly with “The Cot­ton Mather Pledge”, a wry slice of au­to­bi­og­ra­phy con­tain­ing the ad­mis­sion “I don’t know how to quit… I only want a hit” amid a power-chord tor­nado. The LP hur­tles along with a cal­i­brated thrum, in­tri­cately ar­ranged, cere­bral rock­ers like “Bet­ter Than A Hit” and “I Vol­un­teer” call­ing to mind the At­trac­tions back­ing John Len­non. Ad­dic­tive stuff – and Har­ri­son isn’t even half­way through the hex­a­grams.

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